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B.C. contact-tracing app tackles Canadians’ privacy concerns

b.c. contact-tracing app tackles canadians’ privacy concerns

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What happened: Vancouver tech CEO addresses parliamentarians on technology response to COVID-19Why it matters: Mimik Technology Inc. has developed a contact-tracing app it says will address privacy concerns

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes the argument for Canada to adopt a single app for contact tracing, a B.C. company is touting its app’s ability to tackle privacy concerns.

Contact tracing is seen as integral for containing future surges of COVID-19 as the Canadian economy reopens.

Mimik Technology Inc. CEO Fay Arjomandi addressed a House of Commons standing committee May 21 to brief parliamentarians on the Vancouver company’s own contact-tracing app, Pandimik.

“Contact tracing is essential to implementing intelligent social distancing to send our citizens back to work safely and revive our economy,” she told the committee. 

“However, it evokes fears of surveillance, privacy abuse and stigmatization, and rightfully so, because solutions implemented by other countries are exactly that. One could say that such solutions will be another attack on our way of life.”

Following up with Business in Vancouver, Arjomandi said the population at large must trust contact-tracing technology to respect privacy.

The Pandimik app tracks and logs the proximity of individuals’ devices to on another.

If …

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Sen. Markey Leads Bipartisan Call for Investigation into TikTok’s Children’s Privacy Practices – Framingham SOURCE

sen. markey leads bipartisan call for investigation into tiktok’s children’s privacy practices – framingham source

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The following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey, who was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. He is a Democrat.

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WASHINGTON DC – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) yesterday, May 29, wrote to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the agency to investigate new evidence that the popular video social media platform TikTok has violated the privacy of its young users and failed to abide by the terms of a 2019 settlement with the FTC.  

Last year, the FTC placed TikTok under a consent decree after finding that the company had repeatedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

That settlement required the app to take several steps to improve their privacy practices.

However, new research findings from leading children’s privacy experts suggest that TikTok failed to delete all information collected about users under age 13, failed to follow multiple legally binding transparency requirements, and failed to give parents the option to review and delete their children’s data from the platform.

“Federal privacy laws, regulations promulgated under those laws, and consent decrees resulting from privacy …

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ACLU sues ‘search engine for faces’ claiming violation of privacy rights

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(The Center Square) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is suing a facial recognition aggregator capable of scraping billions of publicly available faces and matching them to search queries from law enforcement. The lawsuit the ACLU filed in Cook County Court Thursday alleges Clearview AI secretly takes the visual data of subjects from places like Facebook, Twitter and other online sources that give a clear vision of a subject’s face, then makes the data available to law enforcement to reference, a violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. “Clearview has violated and continues to violate the BIPA rights of Plaintiffs’ members, clients, and program participants and other Illinois residents at staggering scale,” the complaint reads.Using facial recognition technology, the filing says, Clearview has captured more than three billion faceprints from images available online, all without the knowledge and consent of those pictured. Instead of seeking the $1,000 fine per instance of a proven breach of BIPA, the ACLU is seeking a judge to order it cease the collection of facial data from those who would be under the jurisdiction of the Illinois law. Clearview’s attorney, Tor Eckland, wasn’t available to comment on the lawsuit but told …

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ACLU News & Commentary

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AI and our health data: A pandemic threat to our privacy

ai and our health data: a pandemic threat to our privacy

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On The Listening Post this week: The pandemic gives big tech firms a chance to access the holy grail of datasets – your medical records. Plus, science journalists and their sources.AI and our health data: A pandemic threat to our privacy
Put yourself in the shoes of the NHS, the United Kingdom’s tax-payer funded public health service. You treat about a million patients every 36 hours and that is pre-pandemic. The amount of health data you are now churning out is enormous – and you want to harness that data in the fight against COVID-19.
So you turn to the private sector and get technology companies to help you do that. Seems to make sense, but here is the issue: Companies with chequered histories over data handling start landing those contracts. And, to date, the British government has refused to disclose the contractual terms.
Information does not get any more personal than your health data. And, in the midst of this pandemic, the British public has been left in the dark on where that data is going – and what these companies and the government might be able to do with it, down the road.
Contributors:
Mona Sloane – fellow, …

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Maine Law Targeting Internet Providers Aids Privacy, ACLU Says

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A Maine law limiting internet providers’ use of customer data protects free speech and should be upheld, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups told a U.S. district court Friday.Consumers have a right to go online and not have browsing habits shared without their consent, the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy & Technology told the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.The filing adds allies for the state’s attorney general in defending a 2019 law that prevents internet service providers from sharing user data with advertisers or other third parties unless…
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Contact-tracing app sets off privacy debate

contact-tracing app sets off privacy debate

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The efficiency of contact-tracing applications in tackling the coronavirus crisis remains unproven. Nevertheless, like many other countries, Poland, which has so far recorded 23,155 cases of COVID-19 and 1,051 deaths, is working on its own smartphone solution. ProteGO Safe app is based on OpenTrace library, an open-source version of the protocol used by Singapore’s TraceTogether application. ProteGO Safe allows users to perform self-assessment of the risk related to contracting COVID-19, but the core functionality of the application is contact tracing by broadcasting identifiers (IDs) and scanning the environment in search of signals emitted by other phones equipped with the app. Also, the program saves the history of IDs of smartphones detected nearby. Government-backed ProteGO Safe developers promise that, in order to protect privacy, the data is not transferred to any central server, and it’s deleted after two weeks or at the user’s request. Yet the Polish solution is not fully decentralized. The risk assessment of exposure to COVID-19, which is a crucial element of contact-tracing apps, is performed on a central server controlled by the Ministry of Digital Affairs. ProteGO Safe developers in project documentation argue that this functionality is dictated by “the need to extend the use of the application to …

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Will California Chamber Secure Delay of Privacy Act Enforcement?

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There’s been no movement yet from high levels of state government, following a call from the California Chamber of Commerce to “suspend enforcement” of the California Consumer Privacy Act — but it’s been clear for some time that the landmark law could create challenge and opportunity as it ramps up.

A leading state advocate for California business is calling on the state’s chief executive and legislators to “suspend enforcement” of a landmark new consumer privacy law.
In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom; Assembly…

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A Roadmap to Litigating Privacy Claims? A Look at a Recent Order From the Google Assistant Privacy Litigation

a roadmap to litigating privacy claims? a look at a recent order from the google assistant privacy litigation

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As privacy-related litigation continues to heat up, Judge Beth Freeman (ND Cal.) recently laid out in In re Google Assistant Privacy Litigation (Case No. 19-cv-04286)[1] a potential roadmap for surviving or winning a motion to dismiss on privacy-related causes of action.

The consolidated lawsuit against Google alleges violations on twelve counts, all relating to the Google Assistant product – a voice-activated technology used in mobile and home devices that listens for “hotwords” in order to carry out user commands. This case is an important one to watch and should be broadly instructive as many companies, big and small, are and have been hard at work on voice-activated technologies (compare, for instance, to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and countless speech recognition start-ups around the world). Huge numbers of households and individuals currently have these devices in their homes and/or on their person at all times.

Plaintiffs allege that while devices with Google Assistant await user commands, short audio recordings are constantly made and continuously overwritten. This litigation is based almost entirely on a VRT NWS news article published in 2019 claiming that Google stores and analyzes the short pieces of audio recorded before the hotwords are said in order to …

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MY TAKE: Technologists, privacy advocates point to flaws in the Apple-Google COVID-19 tracing app – Security Boulevard

my take: technologists, privacy advocates point to flaws in the apple-google covid-19 tracing app – security boulevard

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If the devastating health and economic ramifications weren’t enough, individual privacy is also in the throes of being profoundly and permanently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The tech giants are partnering on a tool for public good, but critics worry it will ultimately get used for predatory surveillanceRelated: Europe levies big fines for data privacy misstepsApple and Google are partnering up to bring technology to bear on COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. The tech giants are laudably putting aside any competitive urgings to co-develop a solution that combines mobile operating system, Bluetooth and GPS technologies to help us all get past the burgeoning health crisis. However, in an apparent effort to live down Google’s abjectly poor track record respecting consumer privacy, the Apple-Google partnership is treading lightly to avoid anything that might hint at an undue invasion of individual privacy. In doing so, their proposed solution has a number of glaring technical and privacy-protection shortcomings, according to several technologists I spoke with.  In fact, the Apple-Google project has exacerbated a privacy controversy that flared up in Europe in the early stages, one that has more recently been picking up steam in the U.S., as well. Here’s how …

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